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Landscape help

yazfletchFebruary 21, 2013
This planter runs the entire yard. It needs serious help and I'm at a loss of what to do. Any plant suggestions are much appreciated. We may move so not looking to do anything structurally different right now. I'd like a plant screen as our neighbors are RIGHT THERE but I don't really want to wait, looking for instant gratification ;) Oh and it isn't rounded...panorama rookie here.
Thank you!
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Three things would Be helpful:
1. Where do you live?
2. What direction does the wall face?
3. How wide is the planter from the front to the wall?
    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 3:26PM
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Hi fpatel,
1. Orange County in Southern California...I'm zone 9 or 23 depending which book ;)
2. When looking at the wall I watch the sun set so the plants get quite a bit of sun as it passes over the house.
3. It's about a foot and a half :)
Can't wait to hear what you're thinking!
    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 4:07PM
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I hope you can make out the three sets of plants I just picked up.... I think I need two more sets and perhaps more fillers. Going to remove all the calla lilies possibly keeping some for filler but not sure they go anymore. Thoughts?
Thanks! :)
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:14PM
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Danielle B
I think your idea of a plant screen would really work well. Ask your local nursery if they have fast growing climbers.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:23PM
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I think one way to get some instant height to your bed is to put a tall rectangular trellis every so often. Then pick a vine or climbing rose that works well with your flower colors. With all the sun it should fill in pretty quickly.

Something longer term and even bolder would be to espalier a plant along the wall. 18 inches isn't a lot of room for a root ball but I have a neighbor who did this in a tight space and it is a great focal point, if you like that look. She did a camellia.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:31PM
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Also I can't tell exactly what all you have already planted but you may also want to make sure you have a plant that would slightly trail over the short front wall every so often to visually break up that long line.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:36PM
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Urban Oasis
I don't know what style your house and garden are but clumping bamboo is one of the fastest growing screens. Just make sure not to get running bamboo which is extremely invasive.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 4:45PM
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Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions! I sincerely appreciate it and will post a photo once it's done...I think it will be more of a phase 1 photo.

Oh and I love the espalier look...not sure if I can master it but I may try!
    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 8:58PM
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